NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former London marathon bronze medalist Bedan
Karoki has allayed fears over his injuries as he heads to USA in
bid to conquer the Chicago course on Sunday.
The World Half
Marathon silver medalist had to be rushed through rehabilitation
after he picked an ankle injury at the Argentina’s Buenos Aires
Half Marathon in August where he finished second in 59 minutes
“I took time off to
recover from the exhaustion,” said Karoki, who jetted out to
Chicago on Wednesday night.
“I then realized of
the ankle pain and had it looked at. The doctors told me it is
okay and I believe I have run it off in training. It will not be
a setback to my plans in Chicago.”
“I have fully
recovered from the injury. Now I’m fit again,” added Karoki.
Olympic champion Mo
Farah will be on parade challenging the race defending champion
Galen Rupp, Kenyans Dickson Chumba (2:04:32) and Abel Kirui
(2:05:04), both former champions in Chicago.
There is also world
champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27), who won the Boston Marathon
last year, before relinquishing his title to finish second this
year under windy and rainy conditions.
runners like Kenneth Kipkemoi, Stephen Sambu and Augustine Choge
are all training their guns on winning the title too. However,
Paris marathon champion Paul Lonyangata has pulled out with a
“I run my own race.
I have plans and tactics to use and hopefully, I will emerge
winner,” he said.
Karoki is yet to win
a marathon despite having competed in four previous occasions.
He was third in London in 2017, fourth at the Fukuoka marathon
and settled for fifth in this year’s London marathon timing at
This year won the
Ras Al Khaimah International Half Marathon in United Arab
Emirates clocking 58:42 in February and was second at the World
Half marathon in Valencia in March.